Checkmate! Covina clinches first outright league crown in more than two decades with 64-55 win over Nogales

By Steve Ramirez, SGVN
It’s checkmate in the Valle Vista League.
Mike Peters scored 17 points and Blythe Curry had 15 and Covina High School won its first outright league title in more than two decades with a 64-55 victory over visiting Nogales on Wednesday.
The Colts, who shared the Valle Vista with Wilson and Northview last season, also are back-to-back champions for the first time since the early 1980s. Covina, which improved to 18-5 overall and 10-0 in league, also received 12 and 10 points, respectively, from Matt Hicks and Eddie Hays.
James Santiago had 24 points for Nogales, which slipped to 5-19 and 1-8.
Covina’s Mike Peters: “It’s great to go back-to-back. It’s what we’ve talked about doing. To go back-to-back, I’m ready for the next level (playoffs) now.”
Covina coach Will Bissman: “It’s (the school’s) first back-to-back in 30 years. That’s what is nice. But the outright is a lot better than last year, when we shared it.”

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